I now have a more versatile work/eat area, more durable wood and tile floors, and a lot of self-made decor (end table lampshades, a magnetic suspended map, one-of-a-kind entertainment storage center, etc.). It's a casual, cabin-like space that better reflects the energetic outdoor lifestyle here.
Design Tip: When in doubt, wear your favorite colors while shopping for specific design elements. You'll save time matching paint and fabric swatches to what you're wearing--if it's a match in the store lighting, it will nearly always match elsewhere. Plus, you'll look and feel extra swell in your apartment because you'll always be surrounded by colors that are great for you.